8th IFIBiop conference succesfully held in Miri

Mayor Yii (front, sixth right) and Mohamed Ibrahim (to his left) with the IBA award winners during the IBA-IFIBiop 2019.

MIRI, May 4: Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Curtin University Malaysia jointly organised the 8th International Bioprocessing Association (IBA) International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing (IFIBiop), here, recently.

This networking forum was initially organised during a round-table meeting at the first International Congress on Bioprocesses in Food Industries 2004 (ICBF 2004), which was held in Clermount-Ferrand, France.

This IFIBiop conference is one of the most prestigious networking worldwide forums that attracted participants worldwide in the past since its inception in 2004 in France. IFIBiop is organised biennially by the International Bioprocessing Association (IBA) since 2004, which had attracted an average of 200 presentations per conference.


IBA-IFIBiop 2019 was held for the first time in Malaysia. The five-day conference featured more than 170 presentations from over 25 countries globally.

With the theme `Bridging sustainability and industrial revolution through green bioprocessing’, IBA-IFIBiop 2019 was divided into five tracks, namely Bioenergy & Biofuels, Environmental Biotechnology, Food Technology & Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology and Upstream & Downstream Bioprocesses.

Each of the track focussed on different issues pertaining to their respective themes. These five tracks were in tandem with UTP’s objectives and goals and allowed the university to open up new frontiers, pioneer research, create new technology, and introduce innovative solutions and methods for industry.

It enabled sustainable development that would bring mutual benefits to the environment, economy and society.

The eighth edition of IBA-IFIBiop featured seven keynote speakers who shared their insights related to bioprocessing.

The conference included forum sessions, 48 invited speakers discussing the advent of bioprocessing, which would bridge the sustainability and industrial evolution through green bioprocessing.

The conference was officiated at by Miri mayor Adam Yii. Also present were UTP vice chancellor cum patron of IBA-IFIBiop 2019 Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, Curtin University Malaysia Dean (Research & Development) Professor Dr Clement Kuek, International Bioprocessing Association chairman Professor Dr Duu Jong Lee, International Bioprocessing Association international coordinator Professor Dr Ashok Pandey and IBA-IFIBiop 2019 chair Professor Dr Suzana Yusup,

Among the sponsors of this year’s IBA-IFIBiop are Sarawak Convention Bureau (Platinum Sponsor), KLK Oleomas Sdn Bhd and Institute of Self-Sustainable Building (Gold Sponsor), Transwater & Sarawak Oil Palms (Bronze Sponsor).

The conference was also supported by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, Sirim, Majlis Bandaraya Miri, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Avantis Laboratory Supply, Medical Resources Sdn Bhd, Teraju IP and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). — DayakDaily